Optical and Quantum Electronics

, Volume 34, Issue 7, pp 627–648

Comparison of integrated multi-wavelength and (widely) tunable edge-emitting laser diodes

  • D. Van Thourhout
  • G. Sarlet
  • G. Morthier
  • R. Baets
Article

DOI: 10.1023/A:1016107602231

Cite this article as:
Van Thourhout, D., Sarlet, G., Morthier, G. et al. Optical and Quantum Electronics (2002) 34: 627. doi:10.1023/A:1016107602231

Abstract

We present a thorough comparison of the characteristics of both tunable and multi-wavelength edge-emitting laser diodes. Both devices are currently seen as the most promising transmitters for future wavelength division multiplexing systems and networks. In our comparison, considerable attention is therefore paid to characteristics such as channel spacing and maximum number of channels and to frequency accuracy. Cost, stability and ease of use are other aspects which have been given attention, although they are not easily quantified. Because of their compactness and robustness, we only consider integrated devices.

laser diodes wavelength selection wavelength tuning WDM sources 

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  • D. Van Thourhout
    • 1
  • G. Sarlet
    • 1
  • G. Morthier
    • 1
  • R. Baets
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Information TechnologyUniversity of Gent – IMECGentBelgium
  2. 2.Department of Information TechnologyUniversity of Gent – IMECGentBelgium

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